Introduction and Overview to the FCCP
The Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) aims to increase understanding and implementation of climate-smart forest management, which inextricably links climate change mitigation and adaptation. The program focuses on activities that advance best practice implementation, promote robust and interdisciplinary understanding of forest benefits and co-benefits, and develop and nurture balanced perspectives that include working forests and forest products as a part of the climate change solution. These objectives are achieved through working with strategic partners to better communicate and bring attention to key topics, create educational content and programming, engage in collaborative research, and bridge dialogue gaps on carbon and climate topics related to forests and forested lands.
The FCCP was established to connect professionals, natural resource managers, decision-makers, students, and the broader public with the value of forested lands and forest products in addressing climate change. Extensive expertise in forest conservation guides the program's focus, in addition to local, regional, and international relationships with entities engaged in the utilization and protection of forests and related ecosystems.
Current FCCP Activities
The FCCP's work can be categorized in five activity areas:
- Formal Education: the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management
- Non-formal Education: professional courses, workshops, and webinars, many of which provide participants the opportunity to earn continuing education credits; and knowledge-sharing in the form of infographics, resource guides, self-guided lessons, overview briefs, and more made freely available through the FCCP Open Resource Library
- Research: cross-cutting applied research addressing emerging questions and challenges pertaining to forest carbon science, policy, and management
- Stakeholder Engagement: meeting and event participation, facilitation, organization, outreach, hosting, synthesis and reporting
- Collaborative Partnerships: actively seek out projects, partners, and engagements that strategically advance program objectives while creating greater equity in forest carbon awareness and opportunities for inclusion